Born in a small pocket town in Michigan, Conklin moved with his family at age 11 to the historic and equally small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Raised in a close family of five and surrounded by marble reminders of America's most pivotal battle during the Civil War, it was impossible to not be exposed to patriotic tales and lessons of the American fighting spirit.

After the events of 9/11, Conklin joined the US Army with his parent's permission at the age of seventeen. He spent over three years as an infantryman in the 187th Infantry Regiment (Rakkasans) part of the 101st Airborne Division and was deployed to Iraq from 2005 to 2006. There, he helped secure the courthouse for Saddam Hussein's trial in Baghdad before shifting to daily and nightly combat patrols throughout the Tikrit area. His military awards include: the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, two Good Conduct Medals, the Air Assault Badge, the Expert Infantryman's Badge, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

After his Honorable Discharge in 2006, Conklin enrolled into college and pursued his interest in filmmaking. In 2009, Conklin appeared as one of the cast members of MTV's television show "The Real World: Brooklyn." He became a voice and face of the current generation of today's veterans and displayed the struggles, joys, and misconceptions they face.

While an audience of millions looked on, Conklin was involuntary recalled by the Army and forced to return to Iraq for another deployment. He returned to Iraq in April of 2009, serving in the southern Saydiyah section of Baghdad, again as an infantryman. He was soon after promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Throughout it all, Conklin has always found time to simultaneously pursue his personal interests. At the age of twenty-four, he became a published author with his first book entitled "An Angel from Hell" which is a very intimate memoir that chronicled his first deployment in Iraq. He also co-produced and starred in "Return to Duty," a documentary about his second deployment, and the strain it puts a family through when a soldier deploys. It aired on MTV on Veteran's Day 2009 and can still be watched through MTV’s website.

Conklin returned home in January of 2010 and was again Honorably Discharged from the Army. He currently travels the country speaking to colleges and universities with Hope's Voice organization, speaking about his time in Iraq. In his off time, he enjoys writing and playing songs on his guitar, filming and editing personal projects, and is an avid Civil War reader. He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). In February 2010, Conklin took part in IAVA’s annual “Storm the Hill” campaign and spent a week in the nation’s capital speaking with senators and members of congress about their legislative agenda formulated to help and support all veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.